Reuge Swiss Singing Bird Box
Reuge Swiss Singing Bird Box Reuge Swiss Singing Bird Box Reuge Swiss Singing Bird Box Reuge Swiss Singing Bird Box
Reuge Swiss Singing Bird Box

Reuge Swiss Singing Bird Box

  • This exquisite singing bird box was made by Reuge of Switzerland
  • A diminutive automaton bird comes to life and sings its sweet song when activated
  • The exterior features enameling that resembles fine malachite with gilt decorative accents
  • These incredible mechanical creations are highly sought after by collectors
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Item No. 30-9151
$6,850
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Enveloped in a marvelous enamel case designed to resemble rich green malachite, this magnificent Swiss singing bird box by Reuge exhibits artistic beauty and mechanical skill of the highest order. When a key is turned, the tiny door on top opens and a brightly feathered bird rises from beneath a golden stage to chirp a lovely tune while moving his beak and flapping its wings. When the birdsong is complete, the tiny creature simply slips back into the box and the lid automatically closes behind it. Delightful bird boxes, or tabatières, such as this were originally collected by royalty and wealthy noblemen in the 18th century, and are today highly sought after by collectors. A painstaking and costly process requiring the use of hundreds of tiny mechanical components is required to create just one of these elaborately ornamented treasures, and each piece is wonderfully unique.

Marked "Reuge Music / Sainte-Croix / Made in Switzerland"

Mid- 20th century

4 1/2" wide x 2 3/4" deep x 2" high
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Period: 20th Century
Origin:Switzerland
Type:Bird Boxes
Material:Enamel
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